Alabama-based country musician and songwriter Steven Padilla just released his debut studio album, "Good At Goodbye," on May 13. And to celebrate, he's slated an open CD-release party beginning at 8 p.m. Friday, May 16, at Nashville's Tin Roof, 1516 Demonbreun St.
Co-produced by Padilla and Don Srygley, whose mixing/engineering credits include Alabama, Civil Wars, Alicia Keys and many more, the 11-song disc was predominately recorded and mixed at the legendary Fame Studios in Muscle Shoals, Ala.
The brunet Padilla had a hand in writing all songs on the album, and in doing so, he pulled from a slew of eclectic influences, including Eric Church, Waylon Jennings and Rolling Stones, to name a sampling.
As for his local performance and release party this week, "I'm really pumped about the last stop on the album release tour because it's in Nashville!" Padilla told Examiner in an exclusive May 14 interview. "There's nothing like playing in Music City. I love my Alabama fans like family and I'm sure there will be a rowdy crowd making the trip up to Tennessee."
Thus far, music fans are clamoring to see Padilla play live in honor of his "Good At Goodbye" album and responding enthusiastically to the CD's material.
"The shows have been great so far and we've received an awesome response from playing the songs off the album," he shared. " It's a great feeling to see the crowd diggin' the tunes. All I want is to be able to promote the album to reach as many people as possible and so far its working pretty well."
Moreover, per Padilla, Nashville's Tin Roof is the ideal spot to debut his new music in Guitar Town this weekend.
"The venue is great! I grew up playing college towns and Tin Roof reminds me of the early days in my career. Overall," he said, "I'm excited about Friday night because I love what I do. It's so much fun to make music and play it for people. I guess the fact that we are playing in Nashville is like icing on the cake.”
As for his recording experience in Muscle Shoals. “Overall, I would say Fame Studios was the best experience," Padilla said. "There is definitely something that permeates the building. The old wood panels have a life and soul of their own. You can feel the presence in that place. The recording process today is as high tech as it gets, but in Muscle Shoals the soul of music still lives.”
From start to finish, Padilla's new album contains a tapestry composed of elements of rock and gospel, as well as plenty of traditional, modern and outlaw country. He soulfully sings stories that are drawn from true-to-life experiences.
“It’s a compilation of my 28 years of life,” Padilla confirmed, referring to his debut album.
Moreover, the CD features the statement of Padilla’s rural upbringing in “Country Side Of Mine” while “No Time To Think” melds a haunting melody to a lyric about life and how fast it can be, it’s the type of song that speaks to the human condition while the percussive modern melody of “Fishin’” infuses a playfulness to the building of a relationship.
Then, on “This Woman In My Life,” Padilla delivers a sweet song about how love can change lives for the better, and it’s these songs from "Good at Goodbye" that speak to the poetic and heartfelt nature of the performer's artistry.
Padilla will hit the road this summer in support of the new album and is set to play numerous venues throughout the Southeast.
For more information about the May 16 performance, including ticket prices, please contact the Tin Roof at 615-313-7103 or access its events website.